The Socastee Heritage Festival continues bridging history and preservation for an Horry County community founded in 1711.
With children in mind, the Socastee Heritage Foundation will celebrate spring with its third annual soiree, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on Dick Pond Road, by the Socastee swing bridge. Admission is free.
Amy Weaver, secretary on the foundation’s board of directors, said funds raised from the 2013 festival will be shared, for preservation of the historic Sarvis House at Peachtree and Dick Pond roads, “a pretty historic piece of property” first occupied in 1881, and grant requests that will be considered for individuals and community causes centered on children. Last year, fest funds went toward a playground for special needs students at Palmetto Bay Elementary School.
She also spoke about why she and husband Ron Weaver – parents of 14- and 10-year-old children – have been involved with the foundation since its formation in 2010, all for the benefit, as she pronounced the community’s name, accenting the third syllable phonetically: “Sock-ah-STEE.”
We’ve met several community members ... who are in their 70s and 80s, and they ... talk about what the community was like. ... When they were growing up, it was fields and dirt roads in the exact spot where we’re sitting, and that wasn’t that long ago.
Also, we’re volunteers, and it takes a lot of time. Most of us work full time and have families. We’re always looking for anyone with time.